first reported last week, Microsoft Corp.’s Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) on Monday will make available an update for Internet Explorer for Macintosh. The MacBU also told us that an update will be available for the OS 9 version of the Web browser in the next month.
Internet Explorer 5.2.3 will offer security and performance enhancements, as well as improved browser compatibility for enterprise users who work on a network with secure authentication or with proxy servers. Internet Explorer 5.1.7 for Mac OS 9 will provide similar security and performance improvements when it’s released sometime in the next month.
Last Friday in an Interview with MacCentral, Jessica Sommer Product Manager for MacBU confirmed that development Internet Explorer had been stopped by Microsoft. All future updates to the browser will only contain maintenance or security fixes, no new features.
Despite the fact that Internet Explorer development has stopped, Sommer said the rest of Microsoft’s Mac product line is safe, saying the company is working hard on the next version of Office and many other products.
“We are working diligently on the next version of Office — these [IE and Office] are not connected in any way,” said Sommer. “Office is still intact and going strong — there are no plans to stop development on Office for Mac even after the next version is released.”
Microsoft remains committed to the Mac, Sommer said, noting the recent release of MSN for Mac OS X and future updates to other products that are in the works.
The update will be available today from
Microsoft’s Web site.